Stanford African Scholars in Global Health Program 2024

Deadline: 25th of February, 2024

Applications for the Stanford African Scholars in Global Health Program are now available. The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health seeks applications from mid-career, licensed African physicians working at an academic institution in an African nation. The goal is to enhance health outcomes by acquiring and using new skills.

For this one-of-a-kind fellowship that emphasizes bidirectional learning and equitable partnerships, chosen fellows will spend six weeks at Stanford during the 2024-25 academic year developing a skill to assist enhance a specific health outcome at their school. Cohort 1 will be at Stanford from January to February 2025, while Cohort 2 will go from April to May 2025.


  • While at Stanford, fellows will be appointed as Visiting Instructors and will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education credit.
  • They will then receive a generous Pfizer grant of up to $50,000 and ongoing mentorship for 12-18 months to implement a clinical improvement project at their home institution, building upon the skills developed at Stanford.
  • The fellowship will culminate with a presentation at a convening to be held in an African country at a later date.


  • This program is open to physicians from all specialties and primary care who seek a specific skill to improve health outcomes at their institution.
  • The program prioritizes those from Sub-Saharan Africa interested in the fields of antimicrobial resistance, oncology, vaccine uptake, or inflammatory diseases.

Successful applicants will identify a needed skillset they wish to gain through the fellowship, which will help them address a clear need and improve health outcomes at their home institution. Candidates must be able to show the support of a Stanford faculty mentor who is committed to the fellow and their project’s success.

  • To be considered, applicants must meet all the following eligibility criteria:
  • Be in good standing within their institutions and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improving health outcomes in their home countries.
  • Be an African citizen who is currently living, teaching and practicing clinically in an African country.
  • Be a board-certified medical doctor with one of the following degrees (MD, MBChB or MMed).
  • Be a mid-career physician, appointed as a faculty member for at least 3 and less than 15 years.
  • Have strong working proficiency in written and spoken English (as determined by the selection committee).


The application process for the first two SASH cohorts is two steps.

Step 1

This screening application opens on February 5th (Deadline: February 25, 2024). Once eligibility is confirmed, applicants will propose:

  • A Stanford mentor to help gain or improve skills that they want to acquire while at Stanford
  • A critical need at their home institution where they will apply their new skills to improve health outcomes
  • Why Stanford specifically will enable them to address this critical need and contribute to their long-term career trajectory

Step 2

  • Selected applicants will be notified by March 22, 2024 and invited to submit a more detailed proposal.
  • The deadline for the step 2 application will be April 21, 2024 and will include essay questions about the project implementation plan and outcomes and letters of support from the faculty mentor and home institution.
  • After step 2 submission, finalists may be contacted for a Zoom interview before final decisions are made.

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